Largest Robot Dance set world record - Simon Fraser University

BURNABY, B.C., Canada -- 289 robotic dancers from the Simon Fraser University danced the mechanical boogie to celebrate the school's new Mechatronics student union - setting the new world record for the Largest Robot Dance.

The previous Guinness world record for the Largest Robot Dance was set by the U.K.'s University of Kent in 2007, when 276 android wannabes gathered.

    Also the University of Melbourne previously fielded 318 Robot dancers in one place but failed to submit the necessary documentation to Guinness World Records in order to secure the record.

“It was just stellar,” says student organizer Graham Hiscocks who helped organize the Largest Robot Dance to celebrate the creation of a new Mechatronics (robotics) student union, part of SFU’s School of Engineering Science. “I was up on stage looking into a sea of cardboard and tinfoil and smiles.”

   The electrified dance party was held at SFU's Convocation Mall, with enthusiastic participants donning decorated cardboard boxes and other robotic costumes to get into the spirit.

    Put on by the Faculty of Applied Science Student Societies, the event was to help usher in the new Mechatronix Student Union.

    It was a chance to blow off a little steam before the pressure of final exams kicks into high gear. It was also a way for the school's students union to welcome its newest member, the Mechatronix Student Union, from the school of applied science.

   "Those are the ones that typically go on to study robotics, so we wanted to stick to a robot theme but make it accessible to all SFU students," explained Graham Hiscocks of the SFU Students' Society board of directors.

   "I'm glad to see our university's reputation for having fun and hard-working students upheld," said Hiscocks. "Anything that lets us be a bit silly in broad daylight is a record worth breaking.
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